Indians 3, Reds 1

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CLEVELAND (AP)—The Cleveland Indians needed two terrific catches to hold off the Cincinnati Reds.

Rookie right-hander Jason Davis pitched into the eighth inning and the Indians beat Cincinnati 3-1 Sunday to take two of three from their state rivals.

Davis (7-6) was helped by a sensational catch by center fielder Milton Bradley, who robbed Adam Dunn of an extra-base hit in the eighth inning.

“That was the best catch I’ve ever seen,” said Davis, who allowed one run and five hits over 7 2-3 innings. “My heart was pounding like crazy after that one.”

Two costly errors by the Reds led to their seventh loss in nine games.

“Defense was the difference,” Dunn said.

Dunn, whose 23rd homer in the sixth pulled Cincinnati to 3-1, lined a two-out shot to deep center in the eighth. Bradley turned and raced toward the wall, making a back-to-the-plate, leaping grab just as he crashed into the padded barrier.

“I thought it was at least a double for sure,” Dunn said.

Not Bradley.

“I knew it would stay in the park and it was up to me to go get it,” Bradley said. “I saw it all the way, at least until it got to my glove. Then I didn’t see it. I stuck out my glove and there it was. Sweet.”

Cleveland won for just the third time in its last nine games. The Reds fell to 2-7 on their 12-game trip and held a players-only meeting afterward.

“It wasn’t a chewing out,” Dunn said. “It was just a talk about what’s going on. There’s always a point in a season where a team scuffles.”

After Bradley’s catch, Davis allowed a single to Barry Larkin and was replaced by Terry Mulholland, who needed one pitch to retire Ken Griffey Jr.— on a long drive to right caught in front of the wall by a leaping Jody Gerut.

“Milton’s catch was tougher than mine,” Gerut said. “His was really something.”

Danys Baez hit Carlos Guillen in his right hand with a pitch to start the ninth. Guillen came out for a pinch-runner and Baez retired the next three batters for his 18th save.

X-rays on Guillen were negative. He was listed as day-to-day, as was Reds catcher Jason LaRue, who left in the seventh after being hit in the back by Davis’ fastball.

The Indians took advantage of five walks by Jimmy Haynes (1-7) and two Reds errors in the first four innings.

Haynes walked three of his first four batters, but only one run scored—on a throwing error by second baseman Juan Castro. Haynes got out of the jam by getting Ben Broussard to hit into a double play with two on.

In the fourth, Haynes walked Broussard, and Ricky Gutierrez followed with a bunt that Haynes fielded, but threw behind Castro covering first for an error, allowing the runners to advance to second and third.

“I probably could have caught it, the throw was not that bad,” Castro said. “When one thing goes wrong, everything goes wrong.”

Broussard scored on an RBI groundout by Victor Martinez. Gutierrez scored on Brandon Phillips’ two-out triple over the head of Griffey in center for a 3-0 lead.

“I joked with Brandon that if I had been out there, that ball was in my glove,” Bradley said. “Actually, I take so much pride in playing defense because of Junior Griffey. Watching him when I was young is one reason I play the game. He’s still one of the greatest. You might say my catch later was inspired by him.”

The Reds have made the most errors in the majors, 74 in 80 games. It was the 19th time the Reds have made at least two errors in a game this season.

Davis struck out the side on 13 pitches in the first inning and finished with seven strikeouts and two walks.

“I just tried to stay in that groove I had early,” Davis said. “I had a good split-finger pitch in the first inning and that gave me confidence.”

Haynes allowed three runs—all unearned—and six hits over six innings. He struck out two and walked five, but dropped to 1-3 in seven starts sincemissing six weeks with a bulging disc.

Notes

Cleveland finished interleague play in 2003 with a 6-12 record. The Reds went 7-5. … Reds SS Rainer Olmedo, who drove in a career-high four runs Saturday, sat out with flulike symptoms. … Reds OF Austin Kearns, who ran into the right-field wall Saturday, sat out with a strained left quadriceps. … Bradley went 0-for-4, snapping his streak of reaching base safely at 31 games. … Dunn’s homer was his first RBI in 10 games. Of his 46 RBIs thisseason, 37 have come on homers.

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